8 Delicious Ways to Use Up a Bag of Chia Seeds

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If you’ve got leftover chia seeds from an experimental recipe of the past, pull them out of the pantry, because believe it or not, you can put them to work in kid-friendly recipes. All six of these kid-tested options deliver tried-and-true results, for meals and treats from breakfast until dessert.

Chocolate-Chia Pudding

For a next-level take on traditional chocolate pudding, use chia seeds to naturally thicken this good-for-you dessert.

Chia Seed Pudding

Giada De Laurentiis’ creamy-dreamy breakfast, from Food Network Magazine, blends almond milk, Greek yogurt, maple syrup and vanilla extract, and the chia seeds soak up that flavorful mixture overnight, puffing up like tapioca by morning.

Chia Seed Pudding Pops

Or, ease your crew into the world of chia seed pudding by freezing the whole thing into pops. Who wouldn’t want to eat a pudding pop for breakfast?

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Buttery Oatmeal Bars

These rich and sweet bars are full of stick-with-you ingredients like whole oats, and the chia seeds add just a tiny crunch. Slathered with the jam of your choice, they’re a cross between a DIY Nutri-Grain bar and an oatmeal cookie.

Lemon poppy seed muffins made with a secret ingredient--Chia seeds--as seen on Food Network's The Kitchen, Season 2.

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Lemon poppy seed muffins made with a secret ingredient--Chia seeds--as seen on Food Network's The Kitchen, Season 2.

Lemon Chia Muffins

Not only are these tender muffins laced with bright lemon juice in the batter, but they’re also topped with a sweet honey-lemon drizzle.

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3-Ingredient Strawberry Chia Seed Jam

This overnight recipe is so simple my preschoolers can make it themselves. And while the result is sweet enough to spread on toast, it’s also amazing right out of a bowl. #BetterThanApplesauce

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10-Minute Chocolate, Fruit & Nut Balls

This protein-packed snack involves only two steps: pulse in a food processor, then roll into balls. Use our basic recipe here, or adapt it in any way you like.

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My Kids’ Favorite Smoothie Recipe

Hands down, the best way to use chia seeds is by throwing a scoop into every smoothie. We love this one with no sugar, just fruit and a few other fixins that make this simple smoothie a hit every time at our place.

Charity Curley Mathews is the mom of four small kids who have never once heard the phrase, “ch-ch-ch-chia!” except for when she sings it at home. Every single time she cooks with chia seeds. #BecauseExposure She’s a contributor to InStyle, eHow and Huffington Post, and the founder of Foodlets.com, a site about teaching kids to love good food, with simple recipes plus tried-and-true tips for pulling it off. Most of the time.

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